***This is not a sponsored post.
All photos are mine. Credit properly, thanks. ^^
*complete menu available at the bottom of this post*
The last time I wrote a foodie review was a long time ago.
Frankly, this review is not really planned.
What made me change my mind?
The establishment itself.
It is worth my time.
My eldest sister and her husband was the one who discovered the place first.
Last night, I went here to eat dinner with my two sisters.
The name of the restaurant is “Geni’s Cafe”/”Geni’s Fusion Cuisine”.
Location: Salem Complex, Domestic Road, Ninoy Aquino Airport Area, Pasay City
(Across NAIA Terminal 4, near Shakeys)
On their menu, you can find a brief background about the entrepreneur behind the cafe.
YES, she’s a former flight attendant!!
(My dream job :>) ❤
Let’s get physical!
This is the cafe from outside.
With what you can see from the photo, it looks like any other establishment here in Manila.
Nothing really special or catchy.
Having studied Marketing for 3 years, the power of Advertising should never be overlooked.
Though their servers say that they are full especially during lunch time, I suggest that they work on their branding a bit more.
As soon as you get in, look to your left and you’ll see this..
Across it is this:
Just a small showcase with three samples of fondant cakes that you can order from them.
Apart from the cafe being well lit, one thing I admire about the cafe is the color scheme!
The colors they used to design the place go very well with each other.
Here is a closer look at their table.
And now the best part.. the FOOD.
As you may have noticed in their name, they serve fusion cuisine.
It means that they don’t serve just one type of food – talk about flexibility!
*check out the bottom of this post for their complete menu*
For the appetizer, they served us Honey Brown Bread with butter – 5☆
OF ALL THE PLACES I’VE TRIED THAT HAS BREAD FORTHEIR APPETIZER, THIS IS MY FAVORITE.
I don’t know how they did it but even though the bread wasn’t newly baked, the texture of the bread was perfect.
It had a crunch that makes you want to eat and eat and eat the bread.
To add to this, the butter that comes with it is not tasteless!
Rather than the ordinary butter served at restaurants, theirs seem to have a rich taste in it.
Without a doubt, I gave their appetizer 5★.
Now for the main entrees..
Baked Salmon – 5☆
I don’t have anything negative to say about this dish. For me, it seems like it was delivered straight from heaven! 😛
On a more serious note..
Though you may not be able to identify it, the salmon is actually coated with mashed potato.
The salmon was perfectly cooked.
It is tender but not too tender that it feels undercooked.
The sprinkled paprika or chili powder (I’m not sure) gives the dish a hint of spiciness that complements the cream-based sauce very well.
For those on a diet, I highly recommend this!
Just ask the server to have the sauce separated so you can control the portion of the sauce.
Red Chicken Curry – 3☆
As you can see from the photo above, the sauce of this dish is not that opaque.
It is a bit thin for my liking.
As with the chicken pieces, it is cooked evenly.
The meat is tender and when you bite it, you can see from the meat that the sauce has penetrated the inside which makes it flavorful.
Since this is mainly an Indian dish, it was a bit spicy.
The base of the sauce is cream and for me, it lacked a bit of the “oomph” factor.
On the flip side, my sister liked their eggplant so much.
Beef Masala – 4.5☆
Beef is one type of meat which is hard to cook.
If it is undercooked, it is tough – like your chewing rubber.
When overcooked, it’ll feel like your eating chicken flakes.
BUT.. this dish?
It seems like they had zero problem in cooking the meat!
If you look closely at the dish, you will see that there are a lot of different herbs & spices in it!
They are generous with the ingredients they added to this dish and because of that, it became really flavorful.
One thing I noticed though is that because it is a bit too flavorful, it is best eaten with rice.
So for those who try to stay away from carbohydrates, I suggest you pick another dish.
Nevertheless, this dish is delicious and worth a try!
Few carbs wouldn’t hurt.
Sweets it is!
Red Velvet Cheesecake – 3.5☆
The first thing I noticed?
The generous serving size.
With this slice, one to three people can actually share!
If you try and have a taste of all the layers together, the flavor just explodes in your mouth.
The cake base complements the cheesecake so well.
Since I am not a fan of too (“too” is subjective) sweet desserts, I’d prefer the dessert to have more red velvet cake.
But then again.. we ordered a cheesecake so it is a bit expected that the cheesecake part of the dessert should be the main base. 😛
Blueberry Cheesecake – 3.0☆
It could’ve been better.
Sorry for the straight forward remark but I honestly am a big fan of blueberry cheesecakes.
Don’t get me wrong..
The dish was yummy but there is something – I’m not sure what – that is lacking.
Compared to the red velvet cheeecake, this is creamier.
Also, the dessert has strong flavors which makes the blueberry and the cheesecake fight for the attention of the one eating.
A softer crust would make the dessert better in my opinion.
Below is a picture of me with my two sisters before eating our dessert ^^
All in all, I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend that you try eating here.
Definitely a hole-in-the-wall.
One for the books!
Ambiance – 5/5
Servers – 5/5
Price – 4.5/5
Food – 4/5
Satisfaction – 9/10
Recommend: Definitely YES.
Here is their menu:
P.S. I saw in one of their posters that they have lunch sets as well. 😛
Again, please please credit properly. All photos above are mine.
***This is not a sponsored post.
February 11, 2013
Today was just like any other day…..
Or so I thought.
My sister and I were at our eldest sister’s house because my sister tutors our niece every Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays.
The tutorial hours usually starts at 6 PM and is supposed to end by 8 PM.
Most of the time though, we extend because we want the tutorial sessions to be fun at the same time.
We ended the session around 9 PM.
When my eldest sister and her husband arrived, they brought something for us.
PINAIS na dulong.
pinais na dulong (sinaing na dulong)
Small native fish in batangas called dulong (anchovy fry), steamed and slow cooked (sinaing) in a clay pot, wrapped in banana leaves. and dried kamias (Averrhoa bilimbi) to give a subtle sour taste.
(C) Donnie Declaro
Words are not enough to express how much I am in love with this food.
It may seem so simple and easy to do but once you’ve tasted it, you’ll actually wonder if there are really no other seasonings added into it!
I haven’t tried making one myself but the mother of my brother in law does it so well that I wouldn’t wanna taste the dish from anywhere else.
The one they brought home was from my brother in law’s mother.
One day, I want to be taught by her personally cause I wanna replicate the exact same taste she makes it.
Even though it made me eat
a little too much that late in the evening, I had no regrets.
NONE AT ALL.
It was worth it.
Tell me about your favorite dish. 🙂
It has only been less than a month since regular classes have started but I have visited Cafe De Seoul (CDS) a lot of times already.
I go there at least twice every week!
The ambiance plus beverages and their desserts are the main reasons as to why I go back every time.
Since their menu is so diverse, every time you go there, there is always something available that you have never tried before.
Every visit always feels like the first time but once you have seated and started consuming their products, it will start feeling like..
”Ah, I’m home”.
It started with their..
perfectly balanced & mouthwatering Banoffee Pie
and then their filling & sumptuous Gangnam Balls
then the sweet & sassy Strawberry-flavoured smoothie (Sorry, I forgot the exact name)
then the healthy & rejuvenating Honey Citron / Yuga Cold Tea
then the brain freeze – capable & refreshing Blended Mocha (chips)
then the unique & interesting Cold Green Tea
then the very addictive & simply delish Iced Mocha
then the perfect comfort food & melts in your mouth Oreo Cheesecake
then if you have a sweet tooth and want coffee and something sweet at the same time, their Mocha Frappe with Blueberry will be the perfect fix
and more and I believe that this list will go on and on and on.
What first drove me to CDS?
My patbingsu and korean waffle experience at Ice Pot branch in Palawan!
I was more than satisfied and very much delighted after my first try there that I want more.
Sadly, their Robinsons Magnolia branch in Manila was pulled out before I even got my second try at it.
Luckily, CDs was being built beside my university so I was really looking forward to trying out their patbingsu and waffles.
You might have noticed that from what I have listed above, patbingu and the waffles were not present.
That is because I haven’t tried it yet.
I am still waiting for the perfect timing before trying them out and because I haven’t really had the time.
I need time because I reallly want to enjoy them!
Hopefully, the next blog post that I will be writing related to CDS will be about my patbingsu and waffle experience.
What do you think?
Am I really a CDS addict? 🙂
Today, since my sister was busy preparing for her cupcake orders, I headed the preparation of our dinner. (My sister helped me.)
Once in awhile I cook but today was a bit different than usual.
Main entree for tonight is none other than..
Slow Baked Smoke -Flavored Pork Barbecue
We opted to bake it so there will be no need for oil.
Since it was pork – which obviously has a lot of fat – I trimmed the fatty edge of the meat together with the skin.
Truthfully, nothing was really measured.
All the ingredients were mere estimates but luckily, it was still delicious!
Also, the meat was tender.
The ingredients used are as follows:
– Meat (any part with bone in)
– Soy Sauce
– Banana Ketchup / Catsup
– Smoke Flavor (optional)
– Salt and Pepper to taste
Make sure to marinade it by refrigerating it for around 30 minutes after mixing the ingredients well with the meat.
It was literally slow cooked.
Turn the meat every 30 minutes for even cooking.
Baking time was around 1 hour and 45 minutes with a 320-350 degree temperature.
After putting it out of the oven, let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing the meat.
The ingredients were just basic but I believe that we need not use expensive or unique ones for our food to taste great.
How about you?
What did you have for dinner? 🙂